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Himmelfarb Headlines - May / June 2020

Director's Desk and COVID-19 Research Guides

Director's Desk, Anne LintonHello everyone and welcome to the new normal! While the Himmelfarb building has been closed, the Himmelfarb Library has remained open with collections and staff available to support education, research and clinical care. Spring electives co-taught by librarians and faculty have been moved online; interlibrary loan and consultations have both seen an uptick in numbers; and new research guides have been developed to meet new information needs. (See the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 Research Guide and the Critical Care Primer.)

Many planned programs have continued to take place, such as the weekly meditation sessions, supported by Healthy Living@Himmelfarb and the scholarly communications webinar series entitled, Get Yourself Published, Promote Your Research. In fact, 4 new webinars have been released since March 11: Introduction to Predatory Publishing, Measuring Impact: Quantifying the Effects of Your Research, ORCIDS: Maintaining Your Online Identity, and Introduction to Covidence. All webinars are linked from the Scholarly Communications Research Guide.

With the stay-at-home, work-from-home policies, we have had to make a few accommodations. For those of you who have checked out books and other materials, all due dates have been extended to May 22, 2020. If you are continuing at GW, you don’t need to take any action. We will continue to extend due dates as needed until we reopen. If you are a graduating student with outstanding library fees, please send an email to Kathy Lyons ( and Catherine Sluder ( To return books, send them via the US Postal Service to: George Washington University Himmelfarb Library c/o Kathy Lyons 2300 I (Eye) St, NW Washington, DC 2003.

Many of our faculty members and students have indicated that they are working on literature and systematic reviews. You might want to check out our research guides on these topics: Systematic Reviews, Literature Reviews, and Researcher Services and Support.

Please remember that the Himmelfarb “virtual” Library offers 24/7 electronic access to over 4,100 journals, 100 databases, and 4,500 textbooks. Librarians and staff are available 64 hours each week to provide reference and consultation services. Just email us at or message us. (Monday -Thursday, 8:30 am to 8 pm, Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm, and Saturday noon until 4 pm.) We look forward to hearing from you.

Finally, congratulations to all of our hard-working students who will be graduating in May! It has been a pleasure to work with you over the last year on your research, systematic reviews and culminating experiences. We are proud of your many accomplishments and wish you to best in the future. Take care!

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